I know I said that I would be back here until April 27 but I decided to pop back in and share with you where I am at right now.
This morning my wife and I woke up on Fir Island; 5 miles south of Mount Vernon, Washington. Fir Island is an island that is formed by the splitting of the Skagit river as both forks drain into the Puget Sound. This is also the place where I spent a wonderful year of my life doing my internship at Fir-Conway Lutheran Church. In about an hour I will be at the church building to see people…and taking a little trip back into time.
Before I go forward anymore I should be a little more specific about my waking up this morning. When I got up I went into the kitchen and got some coffee. I proceeded out onto the deck where a magnificent view was waiting for me; one created by God to welcome me to Washington. As I sipped my coffee I peered straight ahead and caught a view of Mount Rainier…and what a sight it was. It has to be a clear day up here before you can see that majestic mountain from here. After a couple breathtaking moments I moved my gaze to the left where I caught the beginning the the sun’s approach over the Cascade Mountains that are just miles from my current location. After a few moments recalling the many times I got to experiences views of the Cascades I shifted my gaze to the right where the Olympic Mountains were waiting to greet me. What a sight they are as well. I stood on the deck sipping my coffee; being greeted by this wonderful creation and gave thanks to our God for His awesomeness and faithfulness…and for my little trip back into time.
I say that this is a trip back into time because as I sit here I am reminded of all the things I learned while here; things I still employ in my ministry now:
(1) Monthly recognition of baptismal anniversaries.
(2) My sermon prep routine that my supervisor taught me; a routine that has served me well for 5 + years.
(3) Basic self care practices.
(4) The affirmation that God, family and self come before council meetings, committee meetings and other last night church events that “need” you there.
…and there are more “little” things that I won’t get into here. In any case I am very thankful for my time here and I am very thankful that I get to come and visit for a few days.
I am not sure if I will be back here before I return next week, but if I am not have a wonderful week and I look forward to sharing some pictures from this beautiful corner of God’s creation.
Take care and God bless!